Introduction to Garment Making: Make a Dress - One Day Class

  • Make a Selection

Continue your garment sewing journey and learn to make a simple shift or gathered dress! 

Level: This class is suitable for confident beginners, and is ideal for those who have completed our Essential Skills A or Make a Simple Top classes or have used a couple of basic patterns at home but would like further guidance. 

This class will cover: 

In class you will cover the following techniques:

  • Understand commercial patterns and their notations (darts, notches etc.)
  • How to choose the right size to cut
  • Pattern lay plans & straight of grain
  • Marking & cutting the fabric
  • Different ways to finish seams
  • Tips and techniques on garment construction
  • Inserting an invisible zip
  • Inserting sleeves
  • Hemming

Your choice of pattern is included but you will need to bring your own fabric. Requirements and recommendations are below: 

Shift Dress (New Look 6145 - fabric requirements below are for mid sleeve option)

Fabric 45”/115cm wide:-
Size 8-12 = 2.6m
Size 14 = 2.8m
Size 16-18 = 2.9m

Fabric 60"/150cm wide:
Size 8-10 = 1.7m
Size 12-18 = 1.8m

Recommended fabrics: cotton and cotton blends, chambray, lightweight wool, and wool blends. And a 22” Invisible Zip.

Gathered Waist Dress (New Look 6262 - fabric requirements below are for short sleeve option)

Fabric 45”/115cm wide:-
Size 10 = 2.1m
Size 12-14 = 2.3m
Size 16-22 = 2.5m

Fabric 60"/150cm wide:-
Size 10-12 = 1.6m
Size 14-16 = 1.8m
Size 18-22 = 2.1m

Recommended fabrics: Light - medium weight cotton & cotton blends such as lawn, poplin, many of our prints, brushed flannel, chambray, washed linen. And a 22” Invisible Zip.


Raglan Sleeve Dress Simplicity 9136 


Size 6-8: 
45” - 2.5m 
60” - 2m 

Size 10-12
45” - 2.6m 
60” - 2.1m

Size 14-24
45” - 3m
60” -  2.5m 

Suitable fabrics: Cotton Types, Chambray, Gingham, Poplin, Flannel, Sateen, Linen.

Requires: 22” (55cm) invisible zip, hook and eye, bias tape.